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How To Use Formulas And Functions In Excel

How To Use Formulas And Functions In Excel

There are so many ways to work with the features in Excel. To be exact, there are 467 functions. We don't know about you, but there is no way we could remember every single one by memory. We don’t have enough room to talk about the large amount of functions available...

Set Up Skype For Business On Your Computer

Set Up Skype For Business On Your Computer

Skype for Business is a very efficient way to quickly connect and communicate with co-workers and business partners! Skype for Business is IM, calling, video calling, and sharing and collaboration rolled into one complete package! Use these Pro Tips to learn how to...

PowerPoint Advanced Features And Customization

PowerPoint Advanced Features And Customization

PowerPoint includes many different features that power users can utilize to customize the software and help save time. Things like add-ins, which allows you to install external features in PowerPoint 2016, and macros, which allow you to perform multiple tasks with a...

WARNING—Your Microsoft PC May Be Vulnerable

WARNING—Your Microsoft PC May Be Vulnerable

As reported by Microsoft and covered by several major news outlets on May 15th. Microsoft released fixes for 79 unique vulnerabilities a couple days ago, as well as 22 critical bugs. A serious malware being spread across the globe is a possible outcome by one of these...

How To Download All Emails From Gmail

How To Download All Emails From Gmail

For whatever reason, you may want to export all your data from your Gmail account. Either you're deleting this email account, or you just want a hard copy for record keeping purposes. Regardless of the reason, we will show you how to download emails, and other data,...

Quickly Delete Your Old Facebook Activity

Quickly Delete Your Old Facebook Activity

Trust us, we know there is nothing more shameful than seeing the questionable things you put online years ago. We are here to tell you that you don't need to scroll through years of your Facebook timeline to remove those embarrassing posts. Check out these easy steps...

Screen Time Feature On iPhone’s iOS 12

Screen Time Feature On iPhone’s iOS 12

If you have not updated your iPhone, you need to! Some fun new things were introduced on iOS 12.0. This new version has features like filters while FaceTiming, better organization in your notification center, automatic do not disturb while sleeping, and more. The...

Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

Phishing scams come in many different forms, and use fear tactics to trap their victims. Once the victim takes the bait, the scammers begin to steal whatever they can in hopes of financial gain. Phishers are con artists who use their tech savvy skills to cheat and...

Download Your Content From Facebook

Download Your Content From Facebook

Have you ever contemplated deleting your Facebook account, but didn't want to lose all your data with it? Once your Facebook is gone, so is your photos, friend list, status updates, groups, and more. We wanted to provide you with instructions on how to exfiltrate all...

How To Turn Your Computer Back On

How To Turn Your Computer Back On

Believe it or not, but the most asked questions we receive is, "how to turn a computer back on". There can be a lot of different reasons as to why this problem is happening on your device. But, we want to give you a few tips to help you solve this issue. Although...

How Hackers Steal Your Password

How Hackers Steal Your Password

Unfortunately, this is something that happens often. Having a strong password is so important when it comes to defending yourself against hackers, but that isn't always enough. We want to share with you some of the common ways that hackers can get a hold of your...

How To Turn iPhone Live Photos Into GIFs

How To Turn iPhone Live Photos Into GIFs

Back when Apple introduced the iPhone 6S, they also introduced the 'Live Photos' feature. This feature allowed the user to hold their finger on the photo to show the live version of the photo; consisting of small moments before and after the photo was snapped. This...

How to Change Your Gmail Password

How to Change Your Gmail Password

Usually the first password people change to beef up security is their email password. For the majority, this is the most important password because your email is assigned to all of your other digital platforms. Meaning, online accounts like: Facebook, Instagram,...

Funny Questions And Commands For Google Assistant

Funny Questions And Commands For Google Assistant

Do you use an Android smartphone? If you do, Google Assistant is an awesome voice control software. Just by simply speaking a question or command, your smartphone will react and quickly retrieve an answer. Turn on Voice Control: On your Android phone or tablet,...

How To Delete An Instagram Account

How To Delete An Instagram Account

This processes is not as easy as you may think. Removing the app from your phone will not delete your account. Deleting an Instagram account means your profile, photos, videos, likes, comments, and followers will be permanently removed. It is not an option to remove...

What Is CAPTCHA?

What Is CAPTCHA?

This word may not ring a bell, but most know what it is. Those codes you sometimes have to enter before completing something on a certain website. It stands for, Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. Where do CAPTCHA codes come...

How To Bookmark Webpages On Any Browser

How To Bookmark Webpages On Any Browser

Saving your most visited websites can come in handy for many reasons. If you've ever cleared cache, or deleted cookies and autofill, that may have also stopped the internet browser from showing your most visited webpages on its home screen. If you come across a great...

Alarm Clocks That Will Force You Out Of Bed

Alarm Clocks That Will Force You Out Of Bed

We can say with confidence that waking up and getting out of bed is a very tough task. Are you someone who snoozes their alarm repeatedly, or sets several wake up alarms? Don't worry, you are not alone and products and apps have been created for people like you. We...

A Tech Scam That’s Almost Unbelievable

A Tech Scam That’s Almost Unbelievable

As we all know, scammers have only become more creative when it comes to stealing their victim's information. Below you will find a real story sent to us from a client who reached out to My Computer Works after he was taken advantage of by a fake tech support company....

Essential Apps for Windows in 2018

Essential Apps for Windows in 2018

Now that 2018 is more than half way over, we want to make sure you are aware of all the applications you should have on your Windows PC. There are thousands of features that are available to the public to create your perfect computer, but that is a daunting list to go...

Clear Autofill On All Browsers

Clear Autofill On All Browsers

You may be asking, what is autofilll? Well, have you ever gone to enter billing information on a website and as you start typing, your computer fills the rest of the information in for you? If this is a feature you don't like, you may want to clear autofill from your...

Outdated Technology

Outdated Technology

What was once thought to be the way of the future can now be considered as obsolete. This is proven time-and-time again in the world of constant technology advancement. Let's take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on the outdated technology we thought would never...

Download YouTube Videos To Computer

Download YouTube Videos To Computer

Sometimes it is easier to find a video on your computer, rather than going online and searching through the web. When it comes to YouTube videos, there is a way to pull them from YouTube and download them right to your computer. However, we must mention, it is ILLEGAL...

Apple Isn’t Listening To Your Conversations; They Say

Apple Isn’t Listening To Your Conversations; They Say

Being spied on through your smartphone has been a societal wide fear since the technology has come out. People believe that every conversation had, on or off the phone, is being monitored. Well, we are here to tell you that Apple says they are not listening to your...

Track Lost Smartphone

Track Lost Smartphone

There are many different ways you can keep track of your smartphone. Apps, products, and even software installed on your phone allow you to know its whereabouts at all times. Tracking a lost smartphone (or preventing yourself from losing it), is very quick and easy...

Tech Gadgets Needed For Monsoon Season

Tech Gadgets Needed For Monsoon Season

It is that time of year again, the monsoons are back! Luckily, in this day and age, technology can be a serious aid during all the havoc that monsoon season brings. My Computer Works has put together a list of all the apps and tech gadgets that you never knew you...

2018 Amazon Prime Day For The Techie

2018 Amazon Prime Day For The Techie

Starting July 16th, Amazon is releasing its biggest deals of the year! If you aren't familiar, Prime users get access  to the biggest deals on products and even new limited addition Amazon products. This is a dream for the savvy shopper, so if that is you, it is smart...

Stop Unwanted Calls with Mr.Number

Stop Unwanted Calls with Mr.Number

Stop Unwanted Calls Mr. Number is an app that is meant to stop unwanted calls as well as prevent scam numbers from calling you. Most people know the frustration that comes with constant unwarranted incoming calls. The recent Neighbor Spoofing scam calls is the perfect...

How To Customize Controls On iPhone iOS11

How To Customize Controls On iPhone iOS11

Did you think that just because you have an older iPhone it is not capable of having a customized control center? That's where you're wrong. If you have been updating your phone as the new updates come out, then you are able to customize controls. This article will...

What is Nextdoor.com?

What is Nextdoor.com?

What is Nextdoor.com? Nextdoor is a private social network specific to your own community. This app is a social networking tool, but it is a little different from all the others. All other social platforms allow its users to be connected to anyone, anywhere. With...

New Phone Scam of 2018: Neighbor Spoofing

New Phone Scam of 2018: Neighbor Spoofing

Looks like there is another phone scam making its way around the country. If you've been receiving a lot of calls from a local number that you don't know, you're not alone. Neighbor Spoofing is the new phone scam this 2018, and the goal is to get people to answer...

Best Road Trip Apps for Android and Apple Users

Best Road Trip Apps for Android and Apple Users

It is finally the summer time, which hopefully means a lot of travel, road trips, and vacations. If you are in the throws of planning your get away, check out this article. My Computer Works has created a list of the best road trip apps you'll want on your smartphone...

Father’s Day 2018 Gift Guide

Father’s Day 2018 Gift Guide

Are you wondering what to get your dad this Father's Day? Maybe he doesn't want another wallet or pocket knife, and that's fine! Now-a-days, there are so many options for gift giving. Use this Father's Day gift guide to get your dad something he wants, like a new...

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Are you a user of Macbook and/or iMac computers? If so, we came up with a handy list of the 25 most used Mac keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts are aimed to speed up the time it takes you to complete a task on your computer while also making you look like a tech...

2018 Techie Grad Gifts

2018 Techie Grad Gifts

It is that time of the year again. Students are either being released on their summer vacations or they are graduating. If you are looking to shop for your techie graduate, you've come to the right place. In this article, you will find the best techie grad gifts to...

Large Jump In Tech Support Scams

Large Jump In Tech Support Scams

It is no secret that scammers have though about every way they can steal from their victims. Unfortunately, they will pose as individuals that who you're suppose to trust. According to a public service announcement posted by the FBI in late March, tech support scams...

The Difference Between Viruses, Worms, Trojans, And Malware

The Difference Between Viruses, Worms, Trojans, And Malware

The more you know about the dangers that threaten your digital devices, the better you can protect yourself from them. Unfortunately, scammers have created many different ways to hijack information from their victims on digital platforms. Everyday there are reports of...

Common Myths About Computer Viruses

Common Myths About Computer Viruses

Computer viruses are scary because they threaten a place that holds a lot of your personal data and information. Hackers have thought of everything when it comes to scamming their victims of money and personal information. Now-a-days, people are easily scared that any...

Control Your Family’s Digital Usage with Zift

Control Your Family’s Digital Usage with Zift

The mobile application, Zift, has given a whole new meaning to parental control. Zift Digital Family Control works on iPhone and Android platforms. Imagine the peace of mind a parent could have knowing their child is safely browsing the world wide web! If you thought...

Ad Privacy On Facebook

Ad Privacy On Facebook

There are now so many ways to beef up privacy settings on Facebook. For some, it is really important to make sure their personal data and information is not misused by the Facebook platform. Whether this be to categorize your preferences to advertise specific...

How To Delete A Facebook Account

How To Delete A Facebook Account

As most have heard, Facebook is accused of misusing its user's personal data. With Facebook's admission of illegally handling the private information of its consumers, everyone is jumping on the "get rid of Facebook bandwagon". If you no longer feel comfortable on...

Online Dating Scams To Look Out For

Online Dating Scams To Look Out For

Unfortunately, scammers stop at nothing, not even your love life. These thieves are so good at what they do because of their ability to gain your trust. Using the websites or apps for dating is a vulnerable place for most, and scammers know that. Below you will find...

How To Post GIFs On Facebook

How To Post GIFs On Facebook

In the world of social media, there is always new ways to share content to your friends and followers. Rather than just posting a photo or text in your status updates, you can now use GIFs to liven things up! GIFs are short animated images that play on a loop. The old...

Spring Cleaning for Technology

Spring Cleaning for Technology

I know what you're thinking but, spring cleaning is not only just for wardrobes, attics, and homes. Just like your closet getting overly cluttered, your technology does the same. To get the most out of your digital devices, spring cleaning for technology is a must!...

How To Attach Documents To Your Gmail

How To Attach Documents To Your Gmail

Now-a-days, it is so easy and fast to send information. With email, specifically Gmail, adding attachments to your email is simple. Below you will find step-by-step instructions on how to attach documents to your Gmail. If you would rather have a professional...

How To Use eBay to Buy and Sell

How To Use eBay to Buy and Sell

My Computer Works wants to teach you how to use eBay to buy and sell. If you make unique products or just want to sell your old ones, this article is for you! You have to start by getting on the Internet and navigating to the eBay homepage. To insure you are on the...

10 Tech Gadgets on Amazon That Are Actually Useful

10 Tech Gadgets on Amazon That Are Actually Useful

Don't get me wrong, I can get lost scrolling through all of the interesting (but not so useful) products Amazon offers. If you have a better use for your time than browsing the web to shop, My Computer Works has put together a list of tech gadgets on Amazon that are...

Best iPhone Apps of 2018

Best iPhone Apps of 2018

Now-a-days, you can literally say, "there's an app for that". For the most part, everywhere you go on the web has an app version that makes it compatible to your smartphone. My Computer Works has put together a list of the best iPhone apps of 2018! If you want to...

Common Technology Terms You May Have Heard But Do Not Know

Common Technology Terms You May Have Heard But Do Not Know

There are many technology terms hear in the news or on 'social media' that you may not know the actual meaning of. My Computer Works has put together a short fun list that we hope will help you know a thing or two more than before you opened this article. Here you'll...

Amazon Takes Photos Of Deliveries

Amazon Takes Photos Of Deliveries

With porch pirates becoming the new trend in criminal activity, your packages are never totally safe. Thieves are now scoping out homes that have packages/delivers left on their porches and snatching them. To protect you and your property, Amazon takes photos of...

Increase MacBook Battery Life

Increase MacBook Battery Life

Is your MacBook not holding a charge for long? There are many things you can try before you have to purchase a new computer. We have created a list of things to try to increase MacBook battery life! 1. Turn off Bluetooth and WiFi This will only make sense if you are...

Eight Websites For Royalty Free Images in 2018

Eight Websites For Royalty Free Images in 2018

It is tough to create content for online platforms and even more difficult to constantly be illustrating that content with your own photos. Now, there are many amazing web sites that supply you with royalty free images! Also, you are able to contribute to these...

Speed Up Your Windows 10 PC

Speed Up Your Windows 10 PC

If you updated your PC to Windows 10, this article is for you. We all know how unfortunate it can be when an update is installed and makes your computer actually run slower. My Computer Works has put together some tips and tricks that will improve the performance and...

Chrome’s Built-In Ad Blocker

Chrome’s Built-In Ad Blocker

Let's be real, huge advertisements that pop up on your screen when you are just trying to surf the web are annoying. Now, the user's experience on the web can go back to being peaceful with Google Chrome's built-in ad blocker. The over-sized and in-your-face pop ups...

Valentine’s Day Shopping Online

Valentine’s Day Shopping Online

Not all, but many consumers choose to shop online for Valentine's Day. According to the National Retail Federation, the total consumption of goodies will reach $19.6 Billion this year! If you plan on doing your Valentine's Day shopping online, we have some helpful...

Ways To Make Your Kitchen Smarter

Ways To Make Your Kitchen Smarter

Now that appliances are becoming more and more high tech, it is the time to take advantage of them. Your life in the kitchen is about to get a whole lot easier with these ways to make your kitchen smarter. Your kitchen can now be apart of your Smart Home, which will...

Get Paid to Grocery Shop

Get Paid to Grocery Shop

This is not a joke, people! The app, 'ibotta' will be your new shopping buddy! Remember if you are unfamiliar with the App Store (iPhone or Android), My Computer Works is here to help. Reach us by email at info@mycomputerworks.com or by phone at 877-629-6972!  Don't...

Create Email Signature on Outlook

Create Email Signature on Outlook

Want to look fancy or professional when sending an email? If you create an email signature on Outlook, you will. Now that you have made the choice to add this feature to your email(s), just simply follow the steps below to start personalizing your emails. This is very...

Secret Siri Commands You Need To Try

Secret Siri Commands You Need To Try

Siri is more than a helpful companion, she can also crack a few jokes. We have found some secret commands that Siri responds to in a clever way. On a serious note though, here is a list of practical applications that Siri responds well to; most of the time: Setting...

How To: Stay Safe on Craigslist

How To: Stay Safe on Craigslist

Purchasing used items on Craigslist has become a new norm with people in cities across the U.S. listing items they no longer have a need or room for. However not every deal on Craigslist can be trusted, for that reason we have a few tips for safety while making...

Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

My Computer Works Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service My Computer Works is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award...

Startup Disk Full on Mac OS

Startup Disk Full on Mac OS

My Computer Works has expert technicians who can solve this problem remotely, while you watch. Call us now at 877-437-9560 IF you are a MAC user you will eventually get the error "Your startup disk is almost full" we get these questions asked from our members all the...

How To Block Pop Ups on Chrome

How To Block Pop Ups on Chrome

Are you getting pop-ups every time you open a window? Pop-ups can make browsing a chore, especially when they don’t want to close.You can fight back against pop-ups by making sure you have your browser configured correctly, having the latest version, or even changing...

Increase Android Battery Life

Increase Android Battery Life

Battery life is a continuous struggle for most cell phone owners. This guide is for Android phones. If you you need battery saving tips for an iPhone, read that here! Tip 1) Auto Battery Saver Mode On Samsung, HTC, and other Android powered phones you should have the...

Increase iPhone Battery Life

Increase iPhone Battery Life

Battery life on cell phones is a continuous struggle for most, and we want to help you make it last longer.  This guide is specifically for iPhones. Tip 1) Prevent Background App Refresh iPhones have many features that are designed to make them smarter and more...

Remove a Virus

Remove a Virus

Virus Removal for everyday computer users. These steps show you how to clean a computer that you think is infected with a virus or malware. What’s most important is, if anything looks suspicious, do not click on it. We will tell you how to close these windows in step...

Get Started with Skype

Get Started with Skype

With the emergence of Apple’s FaceTime and Viber Video, Skype has taken on some tough competition. However, it remains strong as the go-to video communication service for home and business users. Here’s a little refresher on how to get started with Skype: Sign Up It’s...

Change Password on Facebook

Change Password on Facebook

Changing the Password Whether you want to change your password to secure yourself from hackers or you simply forgot the new password, this blog and video will tech you How To Change Your Facebook Password! Start off with this easy step-by-step video on How to change...

Secure Your Facebook Account

Secure Your Facebook Account

How To Secure Your Facebook: The first question you might be having is... Why is it so important to secure my Facebook account? Many people can hack your Facebook if it is not totally secure. Hackers can post freely on your page and take over your account if you are...

Data Backup Options

Data Backup Options

So you’ve probably got all your files – documents, music, videos, photos, EVERYTHING – on your computer. It’s probably all nice, neat, and organized just how you like it. And you probably have it all backed up on an external hard drive or cloud storage, right? Right??...

Master Computer Basics

Master Computer Basics

Why do people get their computers and barely ever use them you might ask?? The answer is because they haven't learned how to use them! Computers can be tricky to figure out, especially when technology is constantly advancing. Beat those advancements and learn how to...

Screenshot on a Windows Computer

Screenshot on a Windows Computer

Learn How to Screen Shot in Windows! A screenshot is an image taken of whatever is on your screen. Today we’re going to show you how to take a Screen Shot in Windows. You can take a screenshot on just about any platform, and Windows is no different. It has a built-in...

Public Wi-Fi Tips

Public Wi-Fi Tips

We live in a world where everything is connected. From fully functional desktop computers to watches that can tell you who’s calling without pulling out your cell phone. This is the time where everything and anything can connect to the World Wide Web. This...

Open and Create ZIP Files

Open and Create ZIP Files

What Are ZIP Files? They're basically a file containing one or more other files compressed inside of it. Why Are ZIP Files Important? Zip files can be used for a lot different things.  File compression, encryption, split archives, and more are all just a few clicks...

Customize Who Sees Your Facebook Posts

Customize Who Sees Your Facebook Posts

Did you know that when you post anything on Facebook, you can pick and choose who gets to see it? Well you do; you can customize who sees your Facebook posts! Same rule also applies to those who post things with your name attached to it...also known as "tagging" you....

Control Your Facebook Timeline

Control Your Facebook Timeline

Control What Other People Post on Your Facebook Timeline: Sometimes people may include you in a post that you don't want to be apart of for whatever reason. Maybe it's a picture of you at happy hour when you called in sick to work, and your boss is your Facebook...

Stop Email Hacks

Stop Email Hacks

Email is a world wide form of communication, so happens if this source of communication was hacked? This article is going to break down what hacking an email involves, debunk many of the myths that surround the hacking community, and how to prevent and stop email...

Make Your Computer Faster

Make Your Computer Faster

There's nothing more frustrating than a sluggish computer, but rather than buying a new laptop or PC, here are 5 ways of avoiding a costly new purchase by making your slow computer run faster.  Step 1: Reboot Slow Computer After restarting/rebooting the computer,...

Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

Here a just some of the many Keyboard Shortcuts that make working on a computer more efficient and faster! Keyboard shortcuts can boost your productivity if your daily job relies heavily on using Windows. Give them a try and you just might find yourself getting...

Computer Virus Myths

Computer Virus Myths

Our tech support has been in the computer repair business for many years now. In that time, we have noticed many myths about computer viruses that continue to be considered common knowledge. The strongest protection against computer viruses is knowledge of how they...

How To: Create a Strong Wi-Fi Password

How To: Create a Strong Wi-Fi Password

A rule of thumb when creating a password, whether it is Wi-Fi or even your personal technological device, is to use a mix of numbers, letters, and if possible, some symbol characters. You should never use your name, family member names, date of birth or a street address as a part of your password. These are usually the first words the hacker will use to try and crack your password

How To: Choose a Email Provider (Outlook vs. Gmail)

How To: Choose a Email Provider (Outlook vs. Gmail)

Why Get an Email? You need an email address to do just about anything on the Web, from sending messages to banking online to creating a Facebook account. In the early days of the Internet, the easiest way to get a personal email address was through your Internet...

Which Cloud Storage Service is Right for You?

Which Cloud Storage Service is Right for You?

What is Cloud Storage? A cloud storage service is basically a remote server hosted by a (hopefully) major company which keeps secure backups in case of accidental or catastrophic data loss. With so many cloud storage services out there, which one should you trust with...

Laptop vs. Desktop: A Tech’s Story

Laptop vs. Desktop: A Tech’s Story

Buying a new PC, whether desktop or laptop, can be a pain in the RAM. Generally speaking, there are literally thousands of mix-and-match options to choose from in today’s technological world. With just the click of a button, any consumer in nearly any country can purchase their own customized laptop or desktop machine fully loaded to fit their particular needs.

How To: Delete Cookies on Chrome

How To: Delete Cookies on Chrome

You might be asking... What are Computer Cookies? Do I have them on my computer? Cookies are small files that websites put on your computer to store small bits of information. A cookie can keep you logged into a website by writing ID information to a cookie file....

Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows 10 Creators Update

  Are you a creative person, or want a technology that will further empower your creativity? If you answered, YES, keep reading... Windows' 10 Fall Creator Update: There are many new features that the Windows 10 Update can bring you. This update truly contrasts...

How To: Check if You Have Widows XP, Vista, Widows 7, 8, or 10

How To: Check if You Have Widows XP, Vista, Widows 7, 8, or 10

What Kind of Operating System Do You Have? Do you know what version of Windows you have? While you usually don't need to know the exact version number for whatever Windows version you have installed, general information about the operating system version you're...

Apple vs. FBI: Invasion of Privacy

Apple vs. FBI: Invasion of Privacy

While the use of cellphone hacking agents - such as Stingray - and computer/network monitoring software are perceived by the general public as protective measures to keep our country safe, one has to wonder; Is my Snapchat log really a matter of national security?!...

FBI Virus on your mobile phone?

FBI Virus on your mobile phone?

FBI Virus? What Is It? First let me say this. The FBI will never ask for money to unlock your computer and its files, Ever. If the FBI truly is “on to you” your computer would be seized and you would be charged with a crime. Its that simple. That being said what do...

Mobile Malware

Mobile Malware

Mobile Malware There has been a rise in mobile malware recently, especially in the Android community. Here are some tips and recommendations for protecting yourself from becoming a victim of malware on your mobile device. Anti-Malware Apps Anti-malware applications...

How To: Test Your Internet Connection Speed

How To: Test Your Internet Connection Speed

Learn How to test your Internet Connection from a professional technician! Why Even Test Your Internet Connection? When you're paying money through your internet service provider (ISP) you pay for a certain internet speed. Testing your internet speed is to make sure...

Granny on Social Media

Granny on Social Media

We all have one of two reactions when it comes to finding out your elders are using social media: "Oh no! They're going to screenshot everything I post and excessively comment." "I'm going to have to spend hours teaching them how to work this." These are totally...

Computer Virus

Computer Virus Computer viruses have the ability to alter our economy to a great extent by infiltrating consumer information, creating glitches in commercial transactions, and wreaking havoc on hard drives. About every six months or so, a story is on the news about...

How Computer Viruses Can Impact Our Economy

How Computer Viruses Can Impact Our Economy The economy is impacted by computer viruses on both micro and macro scales. At the individual level, viruses take costs to fix the damages and remove the intrusive software, sometimes compromising sensitive files or...

Computer Virus Scholarship

Computer viruses seem to be more and more common in our society today. The rise of online shopping and exchanges of money over the internet allows our society to be susceptible to these attacks. When computer viruses are so common it makes people question if they...

Computer Viruses and Their Impact to Global Economy

Computer Viruses and Their Impact to Global Economy Computer viruses impact the world. Computer viruses in just the past year have even had an impact on multiple political elections. They also impact the amount of time and money that companies have to spend in order...

My Computer Works Essay

Viruses are nasty things. To be more specific though, a computer virus is a type of super evil software program ("malware") that, replicates by reproducing itself or infecting other computer programs by modifying them. Infecting computer programs can include as well,...

Scholarship Essay

Although the computer virus was already present in the 70's, it was in the 80s that the term malware was officially adopted. The first viruses were developed for a more than scientific purpose. They were created in order to perform invasive tests on a computer but...

Scholarship Winner!

Computer Viruses and How They Affect Our Economy Imagine walking into the office to find that your computer has been completely wiped clean of all information. Unfortunately, this sad situation happens to businesses and hardworking home-owners more everyday because of...

Technological Viruses

Technological viruses impact the economy by causing financial burdens to individuals, companies, and governments, but they also have the ability to create economic growth through job creation, technological development, and the creation of more efficient systems. Just...

The Impact of Computer Viruses on Electronic Commerce

The Impact of Computer Viruses on Electronic Commerce With the rising influence of the Internet on the daily lives of many, commerce has shifted substantially from brick-and-mortar business to the online platform. As a result, consumers are purchasing and selling at...

Computer Viruses

A computer virus can be the death of a computer in most cases. When one thinks of a computer virus, we think of all our information being lost and computer screen black. Computers are the new age in this modern society and viruses are the destruction of them....

Risks of Computer Viruses

In years recent and those to follow, the extensive use of computers and the internet will only increase in many aspects of our society's functioning. While this may sound promising, unfortunately this reality also has to take into account the greater risks of computer...

Technological Advances

In a time when technology is more utilized than ever, the technological advances are proving as detrimental as they are beneficial.  Computer viruses are able to steal credit card information.  Malicious programmers are able to infect corporations’ databases and steal...

Security Challenges Emerge

Since the advent of the massive information era, new security challenges have emerged. Likewise, the process of moving data has been significantly transformed, affecting most modern business. As a result, network security has become a paramount concern not only for...

MCW Scholarship Essay

My Computer Works Scholarship Essay It’s not unusual for people to feel slow and groggy when they get sick with a virus.  The same holds true with computers.  When a computer is infected with a virus, it slows down; it does not connect the way it is supposed to, and...

Computer Viruses

Computer Viruses The electronic world is not immune to attack, making it all too easy for computer viruses to spread and affect businesses and individuals. The economy is affected by these computer viruses because of the amount of money that is put into preventing...

Intertwined With Our Technology

As time progresses our economy becomes continually more intertwined with our technology. For the time being, consumers will continue to shop at brick-and-mortar stores but online sales will steadily increase its share of the market into the foreseeable future....

The Word: “Virus”

The word virus is one that carries fear with it, and it’s no wonder: the Bubonic Plague wiped out approximately 150 million people, and the flu virus kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people every year (Wikipedia.org, livescience.com). Less deadly but causing plenty...

Virus Protection

Virus Protection Scholarship   Computer viruses and malware have the potential to disrupt an individual’s economic impact through identity theft which, if left unreported and uncorrected, can ruin a person’s finances and thus prevent them from making significant...

Computer Viruses

Computer viruses and worms can cause severe damage to society.  At the top level, computer viruses and worms are a major concern in cyber warfare which is becoming the biggest concern for intelligence agencies to combat.  The United States and Israel created one of...

Virus Protection Scholarship Essay

Virus Protection Scholarship Essay Since the discovery of Stuxnet, hackers worldwide have had unlimited access to the revolutionary cyber weapon and have been enable to develop their own weapons based on the Stuxnet blueprint. One derivative of Stuxnet is Duqu, an...

Computer Viruses

Computer Viruses Computer viruses seem to be more and more common in our society today. The rise of online shopping and exchanges of money over the internet allows our society to be susceptible to these attacks. When computer viruses are so common it makes people...

The Link Between Computer Viruses and The Economy

The Link Between Computer Viruses and The Economy   Have you ever been surfing the internet and you receive a pop-up message saying your virus protection is out of date? Most of us will disregard it, and don’t think we need to pay attention to that notice....

The Banking Industry in Chaos

The possible effect of a virus on our economy: The Banking Industry in Chaos             As a student interested in studying the economy and plans to major in this discipline, I would like to share a story of a possible, albeit improbable scenario of how a virus could...

What to do when you see 404 Error (Page Not Found)

What to do when you see 404 Error (Page Not Found)

Why do 404 Errors occur? 404 Errors can occur when a website is typed incorrectly or if a webpage was moved to a different location. Learn what to do when you see  the 404 Error message with this quick video made by one of our professional and patient techs at My...

How To: Turn Your Computer Back On

How To: Turn Your Computer Back On

One of the most common issues with computers is a very simple one... the computer won't turn on! Instead of spending a lot of time trying to fix the issues yourself watch this video for quick tips that can help you turn your computer back on. There's no question to...

How To: Cut, Copy, and Paste!

How To: Cut, Copy, and Paste!

Learn how to Cut, Copy, and Paste from a professional tech!  Another FAQ: What's the difference between copying and cutting? You can think of it like an actual piece of paper, for example a letter. When you photocopy the letter, it creates a duplicate and the original...

My Computer Works 2017 Scholarship Essay

Computer Viruses have plagued our modern world since their creation. The first computer virus was created in 1949 when John von Neumann created the first self-replicating programs. Although this is dissimilar from the computer viruses we are familiar with today, it...

Avengers Isn’t Worth It – A Virus Story

Avengers Isn’t Worth It – A Virus Story Everything we do in today’s world revolves around computers. I work for Tesla Motors and two days ago our internet ceased to function. How did we keep running you ask? We didn’t. We had to reroute our incoming calls to...

Computer Virus Scholarship

As we have known that computer viruses are one of the biggest problems that affecting consumers, businesses financially and economically. The intention of computer viruses is to destroy the data and to damage the computer system of companies. As a result, they will...

Computer Networks & Viruses

What is a computer network?  A computer network is a  collection of autonomous computers interconnected by a single technology is called a computer network. Two computers are set to be interconnected if they are able to exchange information. Connection can be through...

Computer Viruses

The age of information has essentially made communication faster with advent of computer and internet. Human interaction has revolutionized with information including data, pictures, emails, programs etc. being sent within milliseconds from one part of the world to...

Laptop vs. Desktop: A Tech’s Story

Buying a new PC, whether desktop or laptop, can be a pain in the RAM. Generally speaking, there are literally thousands of mix-and-match options to choose from in today's technological world. With just the click of a button, any consumer in nearly any country can...

My Happy Computer Competition

ANNOUNCEMENT to all My Computer Work’s fans! If you’re a member with My Computer Works or just a fan, then the “Selfie With My Happy Computer” competition is for you! All you have to do is take a “selfie” with your smooth running “Happy” computer for a chance to win a...

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 The Samsung Galaxy S8 is simply gorgeous. Gone is the S7's flat screen, and in its place is a tall, narrow drink of water with two curved sides. Below are some of the key features of the Galaxy S8 phone that are likely to be the most talked-about,...

How To: Install Instagram on Computers

People want to know how to use Instagram on a computer so they can upload photos to the social media app from their PC or Mac... But the free Instagram app is designed for taking, editing and sharing images on mobile phones, rather than desktop machines. Its special...

How To: Delete Cookies on Internet Explorer

How To: Delete Cookies on Internet Explorer

You might be asking... What are Computer Cookies? Do I have them on my computer? Cookies are small files that websites put on your computer to store small bits of information. A cookie can keep you logged into a website by writing ID information to a cookie file....

Google’s Newest Addition: Family Link

The Internet is both a wonderful and a terrible aspect of modern life. It’s a gateway to almost anything you want to know about almost anything at all. It’s also a gateway to an unending stream of vile, hateful, material that can’t be unseen and is not easily...

How To Clear Autofill in Firefox

How to Clear Autofill in FIREFOX The first question you might be having is what is Autofill? Autofill is a function in some computer applications or programs, typically those containing forms, which fills in a field automatically. Most of the time, such as in Internet...

How to Clear Autofill in Google Chrome

How to Clear Autofill in GOOGLE CHROME Start off with this easy step-by-step video on how to Clear Autofill in Google Chrome. This video is led by one of the professional techs of My Computer Works. Lastly, if you have anymore issues on this same topic of How to Clear...

How To: Speed Up Your SLOW Computer in 5 Minutes!

How To Series: Speeding Up Your Slow Computer in 5 Minutes! Learn how to speed up a slow computer from a professional tech! Follow the steps in the video below to fix this annoying computer issue. If you still find that speeding up your computer is harder than you...

Virus Protection Scholarship by My Computer Works

Virus Protection Scholarship by My Computer Works

My Computer Works  $1,000 Scholarship Summary: We at My Computer Works want to help support the next generation of students who will have to deal with computer viruses and protecting others from them. Viruses that cause slow down your computer all the way to requiring...

Yahoo Yodels Your Account info

Well maybe not Yodels, but technology giant Yahoo may have let your account information out into the wild.  What does that mean to you?  Thanks to the Yahoo hack, nothing good. The Bad News According to one Insider, a former Yahoo Executive, it could be twice as bad...

Apple’s new iOS 10 release and you

Apple’s new iOS 10 release and you everything you need to do and know before you update to the newest version of the iOS. What to do before installing the update Electronics are fickle things. Sometimes we feel that they might be out to get us. So the very first thing...

1 Day to go: Should I update to Windows 10?

There is only 1 day to go and you might find yourself wondering if you should update to Windows 10. Long story short, no. Forced upgrades cost Microsoft users time and money: If you look at some of the horror stories our there like this one that happened to a...

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Deadline Approaches

Like free stuff? Who doesn’t like free stuff? When is the Windows 10 Free Upgrade Deadline?  You can get Microsoft’s latest Operating System, Windows 10 gratis. If you have a qualifying system you can get the Windows 10 Free upgrade until July 29 2016. Do you want...

Password Security and You

Since online shopping has quickly risen in popularity, credit cards and other sensitive personal information have flooded servers globally only to be linked to a name, phone number, address, and/or, you guessed it, most commonly an email address. Keeping personal information personal nowadays is more difficult than ever.

Apple vs. FBI: Invasion of Privacy?

While the use of cellphone hacking agents – such as Stingray – and computer/network monitoring software are perceived by the general public as protective measures to keep our country safe, one has to wonder; Is my Snapchat log really a matter of national security?!

Every country in the world is keeping a close eye on the Apple vs. FBI lawsuit with bated breath. If the government forces Apple to create a ‘master code’ for their un-hackable encryption system, governments – both foreign and domestic – will be demanding their ‘right’ to use it as well.

Windows10: To Update or Not to Update?

Have you recently installed the latest Windows10 update and are wondering where your favorite app has gone? Question no more! Microsoft’s latest Windows10 update decides whether or not the applications you’ve installed are necessary to your everyday computing.

You Like Me, You Really Like Me

Similar to Catfishing, like-farming scammers will publish an attention grabbing Facebook post asking for ‘likes’ to “get a new Galaxy S7” or “look at my adorable kitten!”. Once these scammers have reached enough ‘likes’, they will then change the content of the original post and include malicious malware downloads.

Top 10 Anti-Virus Protection of 2016

Top Anti-Virus Protection Programs In 2016 For Windows 10 1) Bitdefender 2) Kaspersky 3) Avast 4) Avira Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender already however this program only runs subpar of what is needed to keep your pc protected. If you have Windows 10 and you are...

1970’s iPhone Break Killing Phones

The internet prank has rocked Apple’s core – get it, heh? – by announcing that manually reverting the internal date on your iPhone to 1970 will unlock awesome features normally unavailable.

Johnny Utah and the Atom

Can’t wait those extra 3 seconds for that image of Jennifer Lawrence to load? No need to panic, we’ve got you covered! Let’s not forget the enhancement of battery life. Just think, if your phone never dies you might never miss a Tweet again.

URGENT UPDATE FOR WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE

-WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE-  Windows 10 is the latest version of the popular operating system from Microsoft that launched on July 29th 2015.  While there is some great advancement to the OS in the latest upgrade, it's not for EVERYONE nor is it for EVERY computer.  The...

VIDEO TESTIMONIAL CONTEST 2015

JULY IS THE MONTH FOR OUR SUMMER CONTESTS AND GIVEAWAYS! WANT A YEAR OF FREE SERVICE? HERE IS YOUR CHANCE WITH OUR VIDEO TESTIMONIAL CONTEST!   We are offering 3 FREE one-year memberships to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! Beginning July 1st, you can upload a...

Top 5 Fitness Apps

1. RunKeeper RunKeeper lets you track your workouts and weight loss. It has planned routes and set workouts or you can create your own with audio coaching. You can also sync it with other tracking apps like MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter and Fitbit. 2. FitBit...

iOS 8 New Features

iOS 8 is here! And, with it, comes a slew of new features and enhancements. Without further ado, here are the Top 10: Interactive Notifications – Now you can swipe down from a banner notification and quickly reply to it. A time-saver and a long-awaited feature....

OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

It’s another year and another WWDC (WorldWide Developers’ Conference) for Apple. Each year, they announce another version of their desktop and mobile operating systems. Last year, iOS 7 was the big news, ushering in all kind of newness such as a completely modern...

Getting Started with Skype

With the emergence of Apple’s FaceTime and Viber Video, Skype has taken on some tough competition. However, it remains strong as the go-to video communication service for home and business users. Here’s a little refresher on how to get going with Skype: Sign Up It’s...

Mobile Malware

Mobile Malware There has been a rise in mobile malware recently, especially in the Android community. Here are some tips and recommendations for protecting yourself from becoming a victim of malware on your mobile device. Anti-Malware Apps Anti-malware applications...

Slick Deals

We all want to find the best deals in stores, so we clip coupons and scan the Sunday newspaper for sales, but as online shopping gains increasing popularity, where do you go to find the best bargains? Well I’m glad I asked, because My Computer Works prepared a rundown...

Heartbleed Bug

Heartbleed. Sounds violent, no? Well, for two years, it could have been pretty threatening for many major Internet sites and services, including Google and Facebook. In fact, it’s still not known whether the Heartbleed bug was discovered by hackers or cybercriminals...

Which Cloud Storage Service is Right for You?

A cloud storage service is basically a remote server hosted by a (hopefully) major company which keeps secure backups in case of accidental or catastrophic data loss. With so many cloud storage services out there, which one should you trust with your data? Well...

Windows XP AND Microsoft Office 2003 Support Ending

If you’re reading this, there is no doubt you’ve heard that Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. For more information on that, check out our super quick, yet amazingly informative video here: http://youtu.be/9WgoGQDDAiU What does it mean? WHAT...

Entering The Asian Market With A New Partner

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – (April 3rd, 2014) – My Computer Works, Inc., a leading provider of U.S based  technical help desk and support services for thousands of North American small businesses and home consumers, announced a partnership agreement with Singapore based Geek...

Thank you for your inquiry

Someone from our team will be reaching out shortly!   ​Expect a call from My Computer Works Please look out for a call from 602-635-6150 within a few hours of your inquiry. If you need assistance immediately, call 877-629-6972 and a My Computer Works...

How To Use Formulas And Functions In Excel

There are so many ways to work with the features in Excel. To be exact, there are 467 functions. We don't know about you, but there is no way we could remember every single one by memory. We don’t have enough room to talk about the large amount of functions available...

Set Up Skype For Business On Your Computer

Skype for Business is a very efficient way to quickly connect and communicate with co-workers and business partners! Skype for Business is IM, calling, video calling, and sharing and collaboration rolled into one complete package! Use these Pro Tips to learn how to...

PowerPoint Advanced Features And Customization

PowerPoint includes many different features that power users can utilize to customize the software and help save time. Things like add-ins, which allows you to install external features in PowerPoint 2016, and macros, which allow you to perform multiple tasks with a...

WARNING—Your Microsoft PC May Be Vulnerable

As reported by Microsoft and covered by several major news outlets on May 15th. Microsoft released fixes for 79 unique vulnerabilities a couple days ago, as well as 22 critical bugs. A serious malware being spread across the globe is a possible outcome by one of these...

Tips For Organizing Your Digital Life In 2018

Do you want to start fresh in 2019? Well with the end of the year approaching, it is time you sit down and focus on organizing your digital life. We won't pretend that this will be the easiest task you will ever take on, but it will be well worth it in the end....

How To Download All Emails From Gmail

For whatever reason, you may want to export all your data from your Gmail account. Either you're deleting this email account, or you just want a hard copy for record keeping purposes. Regardless of the reason, we will show you how to download emails, and other data,...

Quickly Delete Your Old Facebook Activity

Trust us, we know there is nothing more shameful than seeing the questionable things you put online years ago. We are here to tell you that you don't need to scroll through years of your Facebook timeline to remove those embarrassing posts. Check out these easy steps...

Screen Time Feature On iPhone’s iOS 12

If you have not updated your iPhone, you need to! Some fun new things were introduced on iOS 12.0. This new version has features like filters while FaceTiming, better organization in your notification center, automatic do not disturb while sleeping, and more. The...

Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

Phishing scams come in many different forms, and use fear tactics to trap their victims. Once the victim takes the bait, the scammers begin to steal whatever they can in hopes of financial gain. Phishers are con artists who use their tech savvy skills to cheat and...

Download Your Content From Facebook

Have you ever contemplated deleting your Facebook account, but didn't want to lose all your data with it? Once your Facebook is gone, so is your photos, friend list, status updates, groups, and more. We wanted to provide you with instructions on how to exfiltrate all...

How To Turn iPhone Live Photos Into GIFs

Back when Apple introduced the iPhone 6S, they also introduced the 'Live Photos' feature. This feature allowed the user to hold their finger on the photo to show the live version of the photo; consisting of small moments before and after the photo was snapped. This...

How to Change Your Gmail Password

Usually the first password people change to beef up security is their email password. For the majority, this is the most important password because your email is assigned to all of your other digital platforms. Meaning, online accounts like: Facebook, Instagram,...

How To Delete An Instagram Account

This processes is not as easy as you may think. Removing the app from your phone will not delete your account. Deleting an Instagram account means your profile, photos, videos, likes, comments, and followers will be permanently removed. It is not an option to remove...

How To Bookmark Webpages On Any Browser

Saving your most visited websites can come in handy for many reasons. If you've ever cleared cache, or deleted cookies and autofill, that may have also stopped the internet browser from showing your most visited webpages on its home screen. If you come across a great...

A Tech Scam That’s Almost Unbelievable

As we all know, scammers have only become more creative when it comes to stealing their victim's information. Below you will find a real story sent to us from a client who reached out to My Computer Works after he was taken advantage of by a fake tech support company....

Essential Apps for Windows in 2018

Now that 2018 is more than half way over, we want to make sure you are aware of all the applications you should have on your Windows PC. There are thousands of features that are available to the public to create your perfect computer, but that is a daunting list to go...

Download YouTube Videos To Computer

Sometimes it is easier to find a video on your computer, rather than going online and searching through the web. When it comes to YouTube videos, there is a way to pull them from YouTube and download them right to your computer. However, we must mention, it is ILLEGAL...

Apple Isn’t Listening To Your Conversations; They Say

Being spied on through your smartphone has been a societal wide fear since the technology has come out. People believe that every conversation had, on or off the phone, is being monitored. Well, we are here to tell you that Apple says they are not listening to your...

Track Lost Smartphone

There are many different ways you can keep track of your smartphone. Apps, products, and even software installed on your phone allow you to know its whereabouts at all times. Tracking a lost smartphone (or preventing yourself from losing it), is very quick and easy...

Stop Unwanted Calls with Mr.Number

Stop Unwanted Calls Mr. Number is an app that is meant to stop unwanted calls as well as prevent scam numbers from calling you. Most people know the frustration that comes with constant unwarranted incoming calls. The recent Neighbor Spoofing scam calls is the perfect...

How To Customize Controls On iPhone iOS11

Did you think that just because you have an older iPhone it is not capable of having a customized control center? That's where you're wrong. If you have been updating your phone as the new updates come out, then you are able to customize controls. This article will...

What is Nextdoor.com?

What is Nextdoor.com? Nextdoor is a private social network specific to your own community. This app is a social networking tool, but it is a little different from all the others. All other social platforms allow its users to be connected to anyone, anywhere. With...

New Phone Scam of 2018: Neighbor Spoofing

Looks like there is another phone scam making its way around the country. If you've been receiving a lot of calls from a local number that you don't know, you're not alone. Neighbor Spoofing is the new phone scam this 2018, and the goal is to get people to answer...

Best Road Trip Apps for Android and Apple Users

It is finally the summer time, which hopefully means a lot of travel, road trips, and vacations. If you are in the throws of planning your get away, check out this article. My Computer Works has created a list of the best road trip apps you'll want on your smartphone...

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Are you a user of Macbook and/or iMac computers? If so, we came up with a handy list of the 25 most used Mac keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts are aimed to speed up the time it takes you to complete a task on your computer while also making you look like a tech...

Common Myths About Computer Viruses

Computer viruses are scary because they threaten a place that holds a lot of your personal data and information. Hackers have thought of everything when it comes to scamming their victims of money and personal information. Now-a-days, people are easily scared that any...

Control Your Family’s Digital Usage with Zift

The mobile application, Zift, has given a whole new meaning to parental control. Zift Digital Family Control works on iPhone and Android platforms. Imagine the peace of mind a parent could have knowing their child is safely browsing the world wide web! If you thought...

Ad Privacy On Facebook

There are now so many ways to beef up privacy settings on Facebook. For some, it is really important to make sure their personal data and information is not misused by the Facebook platform. Whether this be to categorize your preferences to advertise specific...

How To Delete A Facebook Account

As most have heard, Facebook is accused of misusing its user's personal data. With Facebook's admission of illegally handling the private information of its consumers, everyone is jumping on the "get rid of Facebook bandwagon". If you no longer feel comfortable on...

Online Dating Scams To Look Out For

Unfortunately, scammers stop at nothing, not even your love life. These thieves are so good at what they do because of their ability to gain your trust. Using the websites or apps for dating is a vulnerable place for most, and scammers know that. Below you will find...

Spring Cleaning for Technology

I know what you're thinking but, spring cleaning is not only just for wardrobes, attics, and homes. Just like your closet getting overly cluttered, your technology does the same. To get the most out of your digital devices, spring cleaning for technology is a must!...

How To Attach Documents To Your Gmail

Now-a-days, it is so easy and fast to send information. With email, specifically Gmail, adding attachments to your email is simple. Below you will find step-by-step instructions on how to attach documents to your Gmail. If you would rather have a professional...

How To Use eBay to Buy and Sell

My Computer Works wants to teach you how to use eBay to buy and sell. If you make unique products or just want to sell your old ones, this article is for you! You have to start by getting on the Internet and navigating to the eBay homepage. To insure you are on the...

Best iPhone Apps of 2018

Now-a-days, you can literally say, "there's an app for that". For the most part, everywhere you go on the web has an app version that makes it compatible to your smartphone. My Computer Works has put together a list of the best iPhone apps of 2018! If you want to...

Ways To Make Your Kitchen Smarter

Now that appliances are becoming more and more high tech, it is the time to take advantage of them. Your life in the kitchen is about to get a whole lot easier with these ways to make your kitchen smarter. Your kitchen can now be apart of your Smart Home, which will...

Create Email Signature on Outlook

Want to look fancy or professional when sending an email? If you create an email signature on Outlook, you will. Now that you have made the choice to add this feature to your email(s), just simply follow the steps below to start personalizing your emails. This is very...

How To: Stay Safe on Craigslist

Purchasing used items on Craigslist has become a new norm with people in cities across the U.S. listing items they no longer have a need or room for. However not every deal on Craigslist can be trusted, for that reason we have a few tips for safety while making...

What Is RansomWare?

Multiple viruses can be encrypted onto your computer, but there is a certain type that holds all of your computer files for ransom. So the biggest question is, what is Ransomware? Ransomware is malicious software that cyber criminals use to hold your computer or...

Startup Disk Full on Mac OS

My Computer Works has expert technicians who can solve this problem remotely, while you watch. Call us now at 877-437-9560 IF you are a MAC user you will eventually get the error "Your startup disk is almost full" we get these questions asked from our members all the...

How To Block Pop Ups on Chrome

Are you getting pop-ups every time you open a window? Pop-ups can make browsing a chore, especially when they don’t want to close.You can fight back against pop-ups by making sure you have your browser configured correctly, having the latest version, or even changing...

Increase Android Battery Life

Battery life is a continuous struggle for most cell phone owners. This guide is for Android phones. If you you need battery saving tips for an iPhone, read that here! Tip 1) Auto Battery Saver Mode On Samsung, HTC, and other Android powered phones you should have the...

How To: Stay Safe While Using Hotspots and Public Wifi

We live in a world where everything is connected. From fully functional desktop computers to watches that can tell you who’s calling without pulling out your cell phone. This is the time where everything and anything can connect to the World Wide Web. This...

Remove a Virus

Virus Removal for everyday computer users. These steps show you how to clean a computer that you think is infected with a virus or malware. What’s most important is, if anything looks suspicious, do not click on it. We will tell you how to close these windows in step...

Get Started with Skype

With the emergence of Apple’s FaceTime and Viber Video, Skype has taken on some tough competition. However, it remains strong as the go-to video communication service for home and business users. Here’s a little refresher on how to get started with Skype: Sign Up It’s...

Social Media Dangers with Posting Child Photos

What Makes Social Media Dangerous for Kids? Social media is great for connecting with friends, relatives, old boyfriends/girlfriends you’d like to make jealous, and just general networking. Parents also tend to post a lot of pictures of their children on social...

Change Password on Facebook

Changing the Password Whether you want to change your password to secure yourself from hackers or you simply forgot the new password, this blog and video will tech you How To Change Your Facebook Password! Start off with this easy step-by-step video on How to change...

Secure Your Facebook Account

How To Secure Your Facebook: The first question you might be having is... Why is it so important to secure my Facebook account? Many people can hack your Facebook if it is not totally secure. Hackers can post freely on your page and take over your account if you are...

Data Backup Options

So you’ve probably got all your files – documents, music, videos, photos, EVERYTHING – on your computer. It’s probably all nice, neat, and organized just how you like it. And you probably have it all backed up on an external hard drive or cloud storage, right? Right??...

Master Computer Basics

Why do people get their computers and barely ever use them you might ask?? The answer is because they haven't learned how to use them! Computers can be tricky to figure out, especially when technology is constantly advancing. Beat those advancements and learn how to...

Fix Internet Connection Yourself

You suddenly discover that you have lost your internet connection and you need it back on right now. You could call up your internet provider, but they frequently provide little help over the phone. It's often best to evaluate the situation on your own and try to fix...

Screenshot on a Windows Computer

Learn How to Screen Shot in Windows! A screenshot is an image taken of whatever is on your screen. Today we’re going to show you how to take a Screen Shot in Windows. You can take a screenshot on just about any platform, and Windows is no different. It has a built-in...

Public Wi-Fi Tips

We live in a world where everything is connected. From fully functional desktop computers to watches that can tell you who’s calling without pulling out your cell phone. This is the time where everything and anything can connect to the World Wide Web. This...

Internet Security

You wouldn't dream of leaving a brand new car unlocked and unattended, yet when it comes to computers, many of us do something very similar. Viruses prey on unprotected computers. Malware and other online infections can share our most valuable personal information...

How To Clear Autofill

How To Clear Autofill On All Browsers! The first question you might be having is what is Autofill? Autofill is a function in some computer applications or programs, typically those containing forms, which fills in a field automatically. Most of the time, such as in...

Open and Create ZIP Files

What Are ZIP Files? They're basically a file containing one or more other files compressed inside of it. Why Are ZIP Files Important? Zip files can be used for a lot different things.  File compression, encryption, split archives, and more are all just a few clicks...

Customize Who Sees Your Facebook Posts

Did you know that when you post anything on Facebook, you can pick and choose who gets to see it? Well you do; you can customize who sees your Facebook posts! Same rule also applies to those who post things with your name attached to it...also known as "tagging" you....

Control Your Facebook Timeline

Control What Other People Post on Your Facebook Timeline: Sometimes people may include you in a post that you don't want to be apart of for whatever reason. Maybe it's a picture of you at happy hour when you called in sick to work, and your boss is your Facebook...

The Blue Screen of Death

The blue screen of death — or BSOD — is always an unwelcome sight. BSODs appear when Microsoft Windows encounters a critical error that it can’t recover from. This then requires a reboot that'll possibly result in lost work. What the BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH may look...

Stop Email Hacks

Email is a world wide form of communication, so happens if this source of communication was hacked? This article is going to break down what hacking an email involves, debunk many of the myths that surround the hacking community, and how to prevent and stop email...

Make Your Computer Faster

There's nothing more frustrating than a sluggish computer, but rather than buying a new laptop or PC, here are 5 ways of avoiding a costly new purchase by making your slow computer run faster.  Step 1: Reboot Slow Computer After restarting/rebooting the computer,...

Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

Here a just some of the many Keyboard Shortcuts that make working on a computer more efficient and faster! Keyboard shortcuts can boost your productivity if your daily job relies heavily on using Windows. Give them a try and you just might find yourself getting...

I just bought a computer, now what?

Just out of the box and plugged in and you start to think to yourself, "I just bought a computer, now what?"  Well before you start surfing the intertubes, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you are safe and securely using your new toy. Find or make...

How To: Create a Strong Wi-Fi Password

A rule of thumb when creating a password, whether it is Wi-Fi or even your personal technological device, is to use a mix of numbers, letters, and if possible, some symbol characters. You should never use your name, family member names, date of birth or a street address as a part of your password. These are usually the first words the hacker will use to try and crack your password

How To: Choose a Email Provider (Outlook vs. Gmail)

Why Get an Email? You need an email address to do just about anything on the Web, from sending messages to banking online to creating a Facebook account. In the early days of the Internet, the easiest way to get a personal email address was through your Internet...

Which Cloud Storage Service is Right for You?

What is Cloud Storage? A cloud storage service is basically a remote server hosted by a (hopefully) major company which keeps secure backups in case of accidental or catastrophic data loss. With so many cloud storage services out there, which one should you trust with...

Laptop vs. Desktop: A Tech’s Story

Buying a new PC, whether desktop or laptop, can be a pain in the RAM. Generally speaking, there are literally thousands of mix-and-match options to choose from in today’s technological world. With just the click of a button, any consumer in nearly any country can purchase their own customized laptop or desktop machine fully loaded to fit their particular needs.

My Experience with a “Microsoft” Scammer

Minding my own business and relaxing after a hard day at work and my phone rings.  A scammer called me and from a local number (spoofed if you are wondering 602-795-2230). With a huge smile on my face I decided to play along and scrambled to open my Windows 10 Virtual...

How To: Check if You Have Widows XP, Vista, Widows 7, 8, or 10

What Kind of Operating System Do You Have? Do you know what version of Windows you have? While you usually don't need to know the exact version number for whatever Windows version you have installed, general information about the operating system version you're...

Using Windows XP? Don’t, it puts you at risk.

Are you really still using windows XP? Don't, you shouldn’t be, it’s bad for you.  The outdated Operating System might be putting your data at risk.  Windows XP left wide open for potential Malware attacks: Computers running Windows XP have been truly unprotected for...

Apple vs. FBI: Invasion of Privacy

While the use of cellphone hacking agents - such as Stingray - and computer/network monitoring software are perceived by the general public as protective measures to keep our country safe, one has to wonder; Is my Snapchat log really a matter of national security?!...

FBI Virus on your mobile phone?

FBI Virus? What Is It? First let me say this. The FBI will never ask for money to unlock your computer and its files, Ever. If the FBI truly is “on to you” your computer would be seized and you would be charged with a crime. Its that simple. That being said what do...

Mobile Malware

Mobile Malware There has been a rise in mobile malware recently, especially in the Android community. Here are some tips and recommendations for protecting yourself from becoming a victim of malware on your mobile device. Anti-Malware Apps Anti-malware applications...

What to do when you see 404 Error (Page Not Found)

Why do 404 Errors occur? 404 Errors can occur when a website is typed incorrectly or if a webpage was moved to a different location. Learn what to do when you see  the 404 Error message with this quick video made by one of our professional and patient techs at My...

How To: Turn Your Computer Back On

One of the most common issues with computers is a very simple one... the computer won't turn on! Instead of spending a lot of time trying to fix the issues yourself watch this video for quick tips that can help you turn your computer back on. There's no question to...

How To: Cut, Copy, and Paste!

Learn how to Cut, Copy, and Paste from a professional tech!  Another FAQ: What's the difference between copying and cutting? You can think of it like an actual piece of paper, for example a letter. When you photocopy the letter, it creates a duplicate and the original...

My Happy Computer Competition

ANNOUNCEMENT to all My Computer Work’s fans! If you’re a member with My Computer Works or just a fan, then the “Selfie With My Happy Computer” competition is for you! All you have to do is take a “selfie” with your smooth running “Happy” computer for a chance to win a...

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 The Samsung Galaxy S8 is simply gorgeous. Gone is the S7's flat screen, and in its place is a tall, narrow drink of water with two curved sides. Below are some of the key features of the Galaxy S8 phone that are likely to be the most talked-about,...

How To: Install Instagram on Computers

People want to know how to use Instagram on a computer so they can upload photos to the social media app from their PC or Mac... But the free Instagram app is designed for taking, editing and sharing images on mobile phones, rather than desktop machines. Its special...

How To: Delete Cookies on Internet Explorer

You might be asking... What are Computer Cookies? Do I have them on my computer? Cookies are small files that websites put on your computer to store small bits of information. A cookie can keep you logged into a website by writing ID information to a cookie file....

Google’s Newest Addition: Family Link

The Internet is both a wonderful and a terrible aspect of modern life. It’s a gateway to almost anything you want to know about almost anything at all. It’s also a gateway to an unending stream of vile, hateful, material that can’t be unseen and is not easily...

How To Clear Autofill in Firefox

How to Clear Autofill in FIREFOX The first question you might be having is what is Autofill? Autofill is a function in some computer applications or programs, typically those containing forms, which fills in a field automatically. Most of the time, such as in Internet...

How To Stay Safe During 2016 Tax Season!

Tax Season can be a extremely stressful time. To insure smooth sailing during this tax season follow these steps to insure safety. Using the following seven tips will greatly reduce your exposure to identity theft and phishing attacks, both of which seek to gain...

How to Clear Autofill in Google Chrome

How to Clear Autofill in GOOGLE CHROME Start off with this easy step-by-step video on how to Clear Autofill in Google Chrome. This video is led by one of the professional techs of My Computer Works. Lastly, if you have anymore issues on this same topic of How to Clear...

If “Microsoft” Called Then You Got Scammed!

Many people call into our tech support company and explain that they were called by "Microsoft." If this has happened to you, than you got scammed! Prevent and stop the scammers from going any further. How to Notice if you are about to be scammed: Microsoft will not...

Virus Protection Scholarship by My Computer Works

My Computer Works  $1,000 Scholarship Summary: We at My Computer Works want to help support the next generation of students who will have to deal with computer viruses and protecting others from them. Viruses that cause slow down your computer all the way to requiring...

Yahoo Yodels Your Account info

Well maybe not Yodels, but technology giant Yahoo may have let your account information out into the wild.  What does that mean to you?  Thanks to the Yahoo hack, nothing good. The Bad News According to one Insider, a former Yahoo Executive, it could be twice as bad...

Apple’s new iOS 10 release and you

Apple’s new iOS 10 release and you everything you need to do and know before you update to the newest version of the iOS. What to do before installing the update Electronics are fickle things. Sometimes we feel that they might be out to get us. So the very first thing...

Still using Windows XP? Don’t it puts you at risk.

Are you really still using windows XP? Don't, you shouldn’t be, it’s bad for you.  The outdated Operating System might be putting your data at risk.  Windows XP left wide open for potential Malware attacks:     Computers running Windows XP have been truly...

1 Day to go: Should I update to Windows 10?

There is only 1 day to go and you might find yourself wondering if you should update to Windows 10. Long story short, no. Forced upgrades cost Microsoft users time and money: If you look at some of the horror stories our there like this one that happened to a...

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Deadline Approaches

Like free stuff? Who doesn’t like free stuff? When is the Windows 10 Free Upgrade Deadline?  You can get Microsoft’s latest Operating System, Windows 10 gratis. If you have a qualifying system you can get the Windows 10 Free upgrade until July 29 2016. Do you want...

Password Security and You

Since online shopping has quickly risen in popularity, credit cards and other sensitive personal information have flooded servers globally only to be linked to a name, phone number, address, and/or, you guessed it, most commonly an email address. Keeping personal information personal nowadays is more difficult than ever.

Apple vs. FBI: Invasion of Privacy?

While the use of cellphone hacking agents - such as Stingray - and computer/network monitoring software are perceived by the general public as protective measures to keep our country safe, one has to wonder; Is my Snapchat log really a matter of national security?!

Every country in the world is keeping a close eye on the Apple vs. FBI lawsuit with bated breath. If the government forces Apple to create a ‘master code’ for their un-hackable encryption system, governments – both foreign and domestic – will be demanding their ‘right’ to use it as well.

Windows10: To Update or Not to Update?

Have you recently installed the latest Windows10 update and are wondering where your favorite app has gone? Question no more! Microsoft’s latest Windows10 update decides whether or not the applications you’ve installed are necessary to your everyday computing.

You Like Me, You Really Like Me

Similar to Catfishing, like-farming scammers will publish an attention grabbing Facebook post asking for ‘likes’ to “get a new Galaxy S7” or “look at my adorable kitten!”. Once these scammers have reached enough ‘likes’, they will then change the content of the original post and include malicious malware downloads.

Genius Bar’s 15 Minutes of Fame

Don’t be fooled, both Apple and Microsoft have a lot to learn. Consumers are looking for fast, friendly, knowledgeable tech support from one of your ‘neighborhood kids’.

Top 10 Anti-Virus Protection of 2016

Top Anti-Virus Protection Programs In 2016 For Windows 10 1) Bitdefender 2) Kaspersky 3) Avast 4) Avira Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender already however this program only runs subpar of what is needed to keep your pc protected. If you have Windows 10 and you are...

1970’s iPhone Break Killing Phones

The internet prank has rocked Apple’s core – get it, heh? – by announcing that manually reverting the internal date on your iPhone to 1970 will unlock awesome features normally unavailable.

Johnny Utah and the Atom

Can’t wait those extra 3 seconds for that image of Jennifer Lawrence to load? No need to panic, we’ve got you covered! Let’s not forget the enhancement of battery life. Just think, if your phone never dies you might never miss a Tweet again.

URGENT UPDATE FOR WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE

-WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE-  Windows 10 is the latest version of the popular operating system from Microsoft that launched on July 29th 2015.  While there is some great advancement to the OS in the latest upgrade, it's not for EVERYONE nor is it for EVERY computer.  The...

ARE YOU A REAL ESTATE AGENT?

Are you or anyone you know a Real Estate Agent? My Computer Works can be your best friend in the business!      

SCAMMER CALL: A Tech’s Tale of a Real Life Schemer – the Fake Microsoft Scam Running Amok on Us All

ROFL, That was fun.  A scammer called me.  I scrambled to open my windows 10 VMware to let him do his thing. First he told me he was from Microsoft and that my computer was reporting to MS that I had errors. I said oh no! what can we do!! He said he could show me and...

VIDEO TESTIMONIAL CONTEST 2015

JULY IS THE MONTH FOR OUR SUMMER CONTESTS AND GIVEAWAYS! WANT A YEAR OF FREE SERVICE? HERE IS YOUR CHANCE WITH OUR VIDEO TESTIMONIAL CONTEST!   We are offering 3 FREE one-year memberships to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! Beginning July 1st, you can upload a...

Top 5 Fitness Apps

1. RunKeeper RunKeeper lets you track your workouts and weight loss. It has planned routes and set workouts or you can create your own with audio coaching. You can also sync it with other tracking apps like MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter and Fitbit. 2. FitBit...

iOS 8 New Features

iOS 8 is here! And, with it, comes a slew of new features and enhancements. Without further ado, here are the Top 10: Interactive Notifications – Now you can swipe down from a banner notification and quickly reply to it. A time-saver and a long-awaited feature....

OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

It’s another year and another WWDC (WorldWide Developers’ Conference) for Apple. Each year, they announce another version of their desktop and mobile operating systems. Last year, iOS 7 was the big news, ushering in all kind of newness such as a completely modern...

Getting Started with Skype

With the emergence of Apple’s FaceTime and Viber Video, Skype has taken on some tough competition. However, it remains strong as the go-to video communication service for home and business users. Here’s a little refresher on how to get going with Skype: Sign Up It’s...

Mobile Malware

Mobile Malware There has been a rise in mobile malware recently, especially in the Android community. Here are some tips and recommendations for protecting yourself from becoming a victim of malware on your mobile device. Anti-Malware Apps Anti-malware applications...

Social Media Dangers: Posting Child Photos

Social media is great for connecting with friends, relatives, old boyfriends/girlfriends you’d like to make jealous, and just general networking. Parents also tend to post a lot of pictures of their children on social networks like Facebook. While this can go from...

Internet Explorer Vulnerability Affects ALL Versions

Internet Explorer is in the news again. But this time, it’s for a huge security vulnerability. Oh I’m sorry, just one second, I’m getting some info from our control room…Oh. Apparently this is the status quo for Internet Explorer… Seriously though, this latest...